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PrOm gAl

By Diana
Thanks for all the comments and mods on this series so far. Really appreciated

Another Prom shot with the Oldsmobile, hope you are not getting bored with these.
This was taken in the rain, poor girls, and again I had only about 10 mins to take a number of shots.

Still messing with different types of processing and trying to expand on my use of Photoshop skills, as they are very limited. I think I may have over sharpened this in smart sharpen. Is this tool a good idea, what do others think ? Was pleased with my bit of BG blurring though. You may think different.

Thanks as always

Dianna

Tags: Fashion Transport Wedding and social Portraits and people

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Comments


hellsbells8868 7 151 2 Wales
15 Jul 2008 9:45PM
Beautiful image, love the tones....

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climbing_orchid 11 321 1 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 9:47PM
Superb - Love it!!
Liz x
newy17 10 273 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 9:57PM
Dianna this is beautiful love the toning and how youve composed it and as for sharpening i use unsharp mask ,,Smile
ian
User_Removed 8 172 1 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 9:58PM
A very classy image, great pose. I like the way you are drawn to the the young lady's eye's. Would love to see the colour version too!

Mark
P.S Keep them coming
woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 10:06PM
Super-inventive pose & composition and magnificent toning. The blurring is fine.
When I used Picasa I found the sharpening extremely aggressive; I believe the same can be said of auto-sharpening in general. I don't actually find this overdone, except that the pebble constituent of the tarmac does seem rather prominent. I always use USM now myself - if I think to use any sharpening at all.
Bill
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
15 Jul 2008 10:11PM
thanks all, now that makes sense UNSHARP to sharpen, like learning a new language isnt it.

Mark, thanks I have uploaded the colour, go on...show me how its done, you know you want to Smile

thanks all

Dianna
User_Removed 8 172 1 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 10:22PM
Looks really good in colour too!, I will have play tomorrow, when my eye's are working betterSmile
15 Jul 2008 10:23PM
Great relaxed pose and I like the toning you've given it.
Sam
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
15 Jul 2008 10:25PM
thanks Sam Smile

Dianna
Stace Plus
7 2 2 England
15 Jul 2008 10:49PM
Truly outstanding image, superb toning fits right in with the age of the car, blurring the background makes all the difference, brill
Stace
15 Jul 2008 11:00PM
Love V1 Smile
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
15 Jul 2008 11:00PM
Cheers Stace Smile

can add that skill to my PS tool box then, that 4 I have now lol Smile

thanks Ken too

Dianna
digipix76 9 577 England
15 Jul 2008 11:35PM
Di, this is gorgeous, dont know how i missed it! great tone, especially like the composition and pose.


Ian
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
15 Jul 2008 11:52PM
Excellent image Dianna - I too really like the toning in V1, works well. I like the blurred background also!

Sarah *
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
15 Jul 2008 11:55PM
thanks Ian and Sarah *
Dianna
16 Jul 2008 12:00AM
A brilliantly toned image.
Dave
16 Jul 2008 12:30AM
Nice work excellent pose
Andy
imagio 9 12 1 England
16 Jul 2008 12:35AM
No 1 is definitely the best, looks like a fashion shoot Dianna. great stuff

Bernie
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
16 Jul 2008 12:40AM
thanks Dave, Andy and Bernie Smile
fashion shoot aww how sweet, actually it was pouring with rain for the girlie prom, was such a shame, but may get some these girls out to play again later..aren't they gorgeous ? more to upload of them later
Cheers all Smile

Dianna
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
16 Jul 2008 3:08AM
Still a wonderful image, either!
jennn
16 Jul 2008 7:36AM
like it. the blurring looks totally fake to be honest, as it it done much too sudden (not gradually enough). But, in a way it looks appealing, as it creates a macro effect, so you got your toy car with barbie doll lol. those lines on the rhs add nicely to the shot.
Very Cool....Luv this and her gown looks abosolutely Gorgeous!

Cheers,
Suz Smile
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 8:44AM
Very classy shots
Love the way you have arranged this.
Like how you have blurred the background in v1, would suggest you try that with v2 and so still keep that wonderfully rich red colour of the dress
This is my favourite so far.
Helen
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
16 Jul 2008 8:49AM
#1 as the houses have been blurred. I like the use of the lines, on the road, as part of the composition
16 Jul 2008 9:38AM
30 ! Smile love your work
Regards
Alex
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
16 Jul 2008 10:33AM
thanks all for your comments and clicks

Love that Mod, Alex, you really are so good at these Smile

Koen, I dont know what difference doing it gradually would make, in fact it took ages anyway. But hey, at least I know where the Blur tool is though lol Smile

Dianna
16 Jul 2008 11:02AM
well, basically now the blur suddenly starts at the front of the houses. Even the sidewalk is still sharp. normally it would go more gradually... part of the road a bit oof, the sidewalk slightly more, and finally the houses still a bit more. with macro photography you see a very sudden decline of things being in focus... just like here. which is why I made the reference. it creates a feel of the things being in focus being very small. There's even a technique to do this macro-alike dof in post processing on mass scenes with loads of people (stadium shots for example). Really gave you the feeling you were looking at little toy people. Which I loved (think there was a thread in the forum with a link about it once). But here - for this scene - it feels a bit wrong to me tbh, allthough I still find it an attractive photo.
There's another tool in PS btw... under filter --> blur --> lens blur. but you have to select the part of the photo that should be sharp (or use layers, don't really know that well how to use it), so it's still a lot of work, and the result is still often disappointing.

just babbling btw Smile

PS : like the mod
16 Jul 2008 11:58AM
Great toning and pose Di I love it

Dave
proz 11 205 United States
16 Jul 2008 1:18PM
wow this is really a glam processing job D, super. you've got some major "power of pyramid" shapes at play in this composition, quite brilliant!
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3349 Canada
16 Jul 2008 4:06PM
V1 is really nice, - love the pose and toning, - agree with Koen re the blur, more gradual is more realistic but more difficult to do.


W
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3349 Canada
16 Jul 2008 4:39PM
Loaded a mod, - hope you like it.

W
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
16 Jul 2008 7:52PM
OIC now, thanks Koen for the tips and also for Willies mod too, just superb.

thanks for the interest, tips and messing with my pix, really informative and helpful

Dianna
RoddBC 10 40 United States
16 Jul 2008 8:09PM
V1, what a classic looking shot. Excellent work.


Rodd
Milla 7 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2008 3:42AM
V.1 all the way for me, Dianna, there is such a great feel to this, truly a classy shot. And I don't mind the blur as it is, as the idea of this shot, and its composition fully justifies using it the way you did.

And what'ya mean if we're getting bored?! I'm enjoying it, dammit! Really cool session
Smile
23 Jul 2008 4:35PM
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
23 Jul 2008 10:35PM
thanks Rodd and Milla Smile

Koen, a fine example, thank you very much Smile

Dianna
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
26 Jul 2008 11:22PM
Excellent shot; I love the use of those lines. Beautifully manipulated.
Rende
31 Jul 2008 12:30PM
Here Again Dianna!
Another wonderful shot from your prom series!
I love the sepia toning and slight soft focus, it makes it slightly surreal and dream-like.
also the composition is fantastic.
look forward to seeing more of your pics.
Sarah.
RRRhea 7 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2008 6:13PM
Lovely compostion
Well edited

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